Song of the Week: “Do the Bear” by Bobby Galvan

by Douglas Cowie on 22 March 2019

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is is “Do the Bear” by Bobby Galvan:

“Do the Bear” by Bobby Galvan is another song I learned about from reading Chicano Soul: Recordings and History of an American Culture by Ruben Molina. The song kinda speaks for itself. I particularly like the sax and piano solos, and the outro is superb. Everybody do the bear!

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “The Name of Gods and Woman” by Nyquist:


It’s all about the information.

My friend Alex asked me to record some vocals a while back, so I went over to his home studio and did my best to read a text with feeling. It turns out he was putting together the finishing touches on this track, “The Name of Gods and Woman”, which he’s just released under the name Nyquist. There’s more to come from Nyquist–a whole E.P.–so check him out on Spotify, where you’ll also find some older tracks.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Baby’s Got a Temper” by The Prodigy:

I traveled to London in 1997 for a semester abroad as part of my undergraduate study. The Prodigy was everywhere, and they were nothing like anything I’d heard or knew. Billboards advertised “Firestarter” and “Smack My B**** Up” around the city. The songs were on the radio. The band looked and sounded thrilling and frightening in equal balance. My friends and I had a hard time believing that’s really what he was saying. They felt like a door into a foreign city, through which I could walk and know that the world was different than I thought it was.

I wasn’t then and am not now a huge fan of The Prodigy, but I’ve always liked them for opening my ears and mind to something completely different to myself, and different from anything else, too.

RIP Keith Flint

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Song of the Week: “Pachuco Boogie” by Don Tosti

by Douglas Cowie on 1 March 2019

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Pachuco Boogie” by Don Tosti:

I’m currently reading Chicano Soul: Recordings and History of an American Culture by Ruben Molina. It’s a super fun book, full of information, and a treasure trove of great songs, of which this one.

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